More effort needs to be made to stop water going to waste from the city's overfull dams.
That's the view of council election candidate Dr Steve Peterson who said water security was a key part of his platform for election.
Suma Park Dama is full for the first time in several years to the point water is pouring over its spillway.
It's gone from 23 per cent to 100 per cent in a yearDr Steve Peterson
It has led to a crossing of Bulgas Road being flooded and closed to all traffic.
"It's fantastic to see the dams full," he said.
"It happened quickly. It's gone from 23 per cent to 100 per cent in a year."
However Dr Peterson said council should now be looking for ways to store more water.
"It's water we could use later," he said.
"I do think it would be nice to know if any those [dams] could be expanded."
He said if he was elected he would push for more investigation into water storage.
"I think it's an important issue. Other people who have spoken to me have told me it's an important issue," he said.
"It's an issue I'm concerned about and I [want to] make a constructive assistance to improve things."
After several years of drought where Orange's water supply dipped to about 20 per cent storage a wet year has seen all the dams now full.
Orange has just experienced its wettest July in 31 years.
The Bureau of Meteorology said 171.8 millimetres of rain fell in July, well up on the average rainfall of 72.2 millimetres.
Rainfall was recorded on all except seven days in the month.
The council elections will be held on Saturday December 4 after twice being pushed back due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The polls, to elect a mayor and 11 councillors, should have been held a year ago, but were moved to next month.
However, the state government has pushed the date back three months as the greater Sydney area is in lockdown due to the pandemic.
Dr Peterson said the latest delay had affected his campaign but it was an understandable reason.
"It is a small impost to me but the real people suffering through this are the small business people," he said.
"It is what it is," he said.
Dr Peterson said one benefit of a later election would be anticipated warmer weather in December than September.
He said he would be at the pre-poll centre in Orange each day it was open and would appreciate warmer weather.
Dr Peterson's Refresh Orange ticket, featuring himself and five other candidates, are among 19 people to register to stand for the councillor positions.
Three of them have also registered to stand for mayor.
No current councillors have as yet been named on the official lists.
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